When it comes to choosing a wood garage door, the question pops! Should you get the real thing or fake wood? And if you opt for a faux wood garage door, will it be a compromise? As it happens with all things, faux wooden garage doors have their advantages and disadvantages. Although those who favor the aesthetics of natural wood will not find the faux substitute equally elegant, the benefits of fake wood garage doors are plenty and so worth considering before you jump to conclusions.
Before we hurry to outline the advantage of getting garage doors made of faux wood, let’s answer the obvious question.
What are faux wood garage doors?
Fake wood garage doors may fool the eye for the real thing, but they are usually made of composite, fiberglass and steel. Then, they are finished with natural wood grains to create the look of the real thing. And the fact that they are not made of real wood is actually their advantage. Let’s see why.
Here are the advantages of faux wood garage doors.
Eco-friendly garage doors
Those who care about the environment will find that by having their custom garage doors made of faux wood, they actually help save the planet. These garage doors are made of eco-friendly materials and don’t require cutting down trees. And so, you get a wood-like garage door without affecting the environment. And there’s more. Faux doors can also be insulated for lower energy costs, too. Isn’t that something?
The appearance of faux doors may vary. You can have your fake wood single or double garage door finished any way you like it or even have it distressed. The look depends on the materials used for the garage door construction and finish, and therefore quality matters. But if you choose a pro garage door company, then it all has to do with your personal taste. And the good news is that you have plenty of options when it comes to the appearance of the garage door. It may have a wood finish or resemble a painted wooden door.
Due to the materials used for their construction, faux wooden doors do not crack, warp, or get affected by moisture. You will hardly need faux wood garage door maintenance often. Although some inspection here and there is always the smart thing to do, especially when it comes to checking the parts, it won’t be necessary frequently. Not only does the door panel material is resistant and thus long-lasting, but also lightweight. What does this mean to you? The garage door springs, the opener, the cables, and all parts are not strained easily and so they don’t need maintenance often.
The upfront low garage door prices and also the low-maintenance both add to the benefits of faux wood. Let me point out here that the final price is the sum of many things (garage door size, type, etc.). But overall, faux wood doors cost less than natural wood ones. Garage door repairs are cheaper too if you consider that the parts are not strained fast and are not very expensive, since the door is lightweight.
What’s the downside of faux wooden garage doors?
There’s no doubt that they lack the elegance of natural wood. But then again, this is their only downside.
The advantages of faux wood garage doors outnumber the shortcomings
Although they don’t have the charm of real wood, there are many design choices that mimic natural wood for a great appearance too. They are durable and highly resistant to the elements – hence, long-lasting and low-maintenance. And not only will you enjoy them for many years without damage due to warping or rotting, but without paying much either. Aren’t these factors enough to have you consider them for your garage door installation project?